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    Default uncontested maul

    Lineout, blue wins the ball and players form a "maul."

    Red decides not to contest, and red 6 goes to tackle the ball carrier (below waist, no intention to bind.)

    However, as he goes for the tackle, the ball is transferred to the back of the "maul", he can't see bcause of players bound, so red tackles the ex-ball carrier.

    What would be the decision?
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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    Play on ?

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    It's not a maul so open play - either play on or penalty for obstruction depending on the specific situation.

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    Sounds more like an accidental off side ... scrum.

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    Accidental offside, scrum red.

    Red wouldn't have committed an offence if blue hadn't already passed the ball back.

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    I suspect that red 6 has then caused the muckle to go to ground and ball has become unplayable. If so, Blue going forward, Blue scrum. Otherwise, just play on.
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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    It's very common indeed for the ball carrier to pass the ball just before being tackled .. that's not an offence

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    Quote Originally Posted by Decorily View Post
    Sounds more like an accidental off side ... scrum.
    Agree. You can't hand the ball back without creating an obstruction. Unless a maul is already formed. Not time to call "use it" so treat as accidental. Scrum to Red.

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    “Use it now” if you spot what’s happening quickly enough, else scrum red for accidental offside - that was my instruction at least

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    Default Re: uncontested maul

    Got me wondering when the lineout ends in this scenario too. It may not be open play.

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